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A 12-Pole Narrowband Highly Selective High-Temperature Superconducting Filter for the Application in the Third-Generation Wireless Communications

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11 Author(s)
Shunzhou Li ; Inst. of Phys. & Inst. of Acoust., Acad. Sinica, Beijing ; Jiandong Huang ; Qingduan Meng ; Liang Sun
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An ultra-selective high-temperature superconducting bandpass filter was designed and fabricated to satisfy the demands of the third-generation wireless communications. This filter was designed to have 12-pole quasi-elliptic response with 4.68-MHz bandwidth in the third-generation communications band (a fractional bandwidth of 0.0023). Full-wave simulations were conducted by using Sonnet software. A novel, compact, and low radiation resonator with a high-quality (Q) factor value was developed to reduce the parasitical coupling. In order to satisfy the demand of high band-edge steepness, three pairs of transmission zeros at finite frequencies were introduced in the cascaded quadruplet coupling structure. The filter was fabricated on a 2-in-diameter 0.43-mm-thick sapphire wafer with double-sided YBCO films. The measurements showed that the passband center frequency (f0) of the filter is 2.038 GHz at 67 K with a midband insertion loss of 0.67 dB and the return loss better than 15 dB. The measured response of the filter also exhibited ultra-high band-edge steepness of 140-220 dB/MHz. Better than 60 dB of out-of-band rejections for frequencies very close to the band edge (|f-f0|>2.7 MHz), better than 90 dB at frequencies 7.5 MHz away from the center frequency and up to 100 dB of wideband rejections were achieved

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 4 )